It’s a bit awkward to post reviews of a book you wrote (or in this case, edited), but we’re thrilled by all of the positive responses for the book Global Youth Ministry: Reaching Adolescents Around the World (YS Academic), so I thought I’d pull them all together in a post to show the range of positive response the book has gotten:
“The world is full of young people, and the church is ministering to them. In Global Youth Ministry: Reaching Adolescents Around the World (YS Academic), Terry Linhart and David Livermore have assembled an incredible array of experts in youth ministry from various cultures. The authors of the various chapters are youth workers who know the culture and needs of the young people in their contexts, giving the reader an idea of what youth ministry looks like throughout the world – in places like Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe.” – Dennis Poulette, Youth Ministry International (Mexico).
“Do not misunderstand the title. This text is not only for those actively involved in international or cross cultural youth ministry. This text is provocative for anyone in youth ministry that recognizes that whether you live and serve in Paris, France or Paris, Texas, it is in a globalized context with cross pollinated ideas, media, entertainment, cultural informants, economic drivers, consumer goods, and political concerns the world around.“ – Peter Nevins, CCVW Ministries (UK).
“Though it was written as a textbook for students of youth ministry, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy and enjoyable it was to read. I was also surprised by how meaningful the content was to me as a youth worker in the Midwest … This book, in fact, was one of the most insightful reads into the world of student ministry that I’ve ever read.” – Shawn Michael Shoup, Foursquare Church (USA).
Global Youth Ministry: Reaching Adolescents Around the World (YS Academic)“is not about how to establish youth programs from a culturally intelligent or sensitive matter within your culture. It is not about how to build your system of youth culture to fit the local church in our global ministry field. But Global Youth Ministry is about how God is moving in an incredibly diverse way through the youth of our world. But don’t misunderstand. This book is not simply about youth programs that fit a global market.
I highly suggest that this book not only be used by you readers who are strictly involved in youth ministry, but also by general church leaders within North America. We truly need the insights that are presented in both of these books for how we do global discipleship, not only youth ministry.” – Bradley D. Friesen, Author & Speaker (Canada)
” If you buy into the idea that all youth ministry is contextual—I mean, that all of us are working to plant an outpost for the gospel of Jesus Christ in a particular setting in a particular time for a particular people—then Global Youth Ministry is a goldmine of thinking and ideas and encouragement. Written by a killer group of “in the trenches” global youth ministry leaders including Jonny Baker (UK), the Rev. Mark Tittley (South Africa), the Rev. Jacob G. Isaac (India), and Beth Baleke (Uganda), general editors Terry Linhart (Bethel College) and David Livermore (president of the Cultural Intelligence Center) have constructed a book full of diverse perspectives that somehow speaks with one voice. The stories, illustrations, and strategies embedded in this textbook make it a compelling mix of academic research and pragmatism. For years the rest of the world has looked to North America as a youth ministry mentor, but the tide is turning.“ – Rick Lawrence, Editor, GROUP Magazine (USA).
“The temptation for the editors, who are in their own right highly experienced in global youth ministry, would have been to write the book themselves. Yet the seemed to understand that what was needed were eyes that looked beyond the US perspective which dominates the youth ministry market … The book achieves more than its stated aim: It provides a global understanding that can inspire those in youth work and ministry to take seriously the unique and global nature of their work.” – Steven Emery-Wright, Cliff College (Wales), review in June 2011 Youth Work Magazine (UK).
“This text is required reading for our staff at YouthHOPE and we will continue to point people to it as a viable discussion of the theological, theoretical, sociocultural and historical issues that shape ministries around the world.” – Justin Hanneken, Youth Hope.